By Diane Ako
When I was younger, I noticed that I had some aunts and uncles who referred to each other as "Mom" and "Dad." It was as if parenthood was their only identity. You know- they turn and talk to each other and instead of calling each other by their first names or affectionate nicknames like Sweetie, they call each other Mom and Dad.
My own parents never did this. I thought I would never do this. Not that I think it's a bad thing, but since my parents didn't do it, it seemed foreign to my ears. I thought Claus would forever be Claus or Honey to me.
After I had a kid, Sweetie and Honey became applicable to both husband and child. The funny nickname I gave to my husband that is Claus-specific is Clausket. Casket, Claus- get it? The Olivia-exclusive nickname is Pumpkin. However, Sweetie and Honey are the staples. They both look when I use those names.
Sometimes, when I feel like being very clear, I'll refer to him as Daddy. I don't know how it started, but that's what Olivia calls him, and maybe one day I was apeing her. Anyhow, he somehow legitimately became Daddy in my familial lexicon, and I find myself using it at least once a day.
Am I goofy? Do you do this?
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